Lincoln Isham (1892 - 1971)

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Nicknames: "Linc"
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in Bennington, Bennington, Vermont, United States
Managed by: Walter Dalitsch, III
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About Lincoln Isham

Lincoln “Linc” Isham (June 8, 1892 – September 1, 1971) was a descendant of Abraham Lincoln. He was one of three great-grandchildren of Abraham Lincoln and the only child of Mary "Mamie" Lincoln.


Isham was born to Mary "Mamie" and Charles Isham. Being a drop out at Harvard, a newspaper once said "his frail body was unequal to the strain". Later on, Isham was said to have been a secret operative for the U.S. government in World War II.

On August 30, 1919, Isham married Leahalma "Lea" Correa, a New York ‘Society Girl of Spanish Descent’, and helped raise her daughter, Frances Mantley. He was a frequent visitor at Hildene and once when young was allowed to drive his grandfather Robert Todd Lincoln's, 1905 Thomas Automobile but rolled it in a ditch.

Later in his life, Isham and his wife settled in Dorset, Vermont where they owned a 22-acre (9 ha) farm. A talented amateur musician, he would often play music while his wife wrote children’s stories. On September 1, 1971 at 12:30 am, Lincoln Isham died at Putnam Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. He left most of his estate to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and American Cancer Society. He also left a US$440,000 trust fund for his stepdaughter, and sent his grandmother's ‘Chicken Leg Coffee Set’ and ‘White House china’ to the Smithsonian. The rest of his family artifacts were auctioned off.

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Lincoln Isham's Timeline

June 8, 1892
New York, New York, United States
August 20, 1919
Age 27
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
August 30, 1919
Age 27
United States
Age 27
Manhattan Assembly District 15, New York, New York
September 1, 1971
Age 79
Bennington, Bennington, Vermont, United States
Bennington, Vermont
Bennington, Vermont
Bennington, Vermont